25 YEARS OF PASSION FOR COMPOSITES
A QUARTER OF A CENTURY OF INVENT HISTORY

1996 Foundation of INVENT GMBH More Information 1997 Engine cowling for Do328 Jet More Information 1998 Flagship project Adaptronik More Information 1999 Project Solar Sail More Information HPS GmbH 2000 Foundation of HPS GmbH More Information 2001 Development and production of a
landing-gear door for the Do728
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2002 Relocation to premises at
Christian-Pommer-Straße 34
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2003 Delivery of a CFRP bridge to the
Wehrtechnische Dienststelle der
Bundeswehr (Technical Centre
of the German Armed Forces)
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2004 Development of a ski set
for the NH90
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2005 Start of series production
for the A380
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2006 Extension of the building at
Christian-Pommer-Straße 34
with Hall 2
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2007 Start of series production
for the A320 and A330
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2008 | 2009 First series-production contract
from the astronautics industry
for CFRP waveguides
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2010 | 2011 Extension of the building at
Christian-Pommer-Straße 34 with Hall 3
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2012 Production of the
ExoMars Orbiter
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2014 Production of the structure
for the Sentinel-4 instrument
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2015 Production of
diverse tertiary structures
for MTG
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2016 Production of the
antenna structure H2KAR
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2017 Production of the
antenna structure for Euclid
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2018 Production of
instrument structures for JUICE
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2019 Relocation of premises at
Christian-Pommer-Strasse 47
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Copernicus 2020 Contribution to the Copernicus programme More Information 2021 Acquisition of a further plot of land More Information

1999

Project Solar Sail

With the solar sail, the radiation pressure of the sun is to be used as a source of propulsion.

The ESA/DLR project “Solar Sail”, utilising central components manufactured by INVENT, successfully demonstrates the deployment of a 20 m × 20 m solar sail on the ground at the ILA international aerospace exhibition in 1999.

The sail consists of four furled CFRP booms which, when deployed, unfurl a Kapton sail.

2008 | 2009

First series-production contract from the astronautics industry for CFRP waveguides

The CFRP waveguides were initially manufactured for the TerraSAR and Tandem X satellites and are the crucial components of an antenna (X frequency band).

In a modified configuration, the waveguides have been used for the Sentinel 1a-d satellites within the framework of the Copernicus programme.
INVENT is the only manufacturer in Europe of these high-precision fibre-composite structures.

2021

Acquisition of a further plot of land

INVENT GmbH acquires a further plot of land at Christian-Pommer-Straße 42.
The construction of a manufacturing and storage facility will be completed in 2022.

2019

Relocation of premises at Christian-Pommer-Strasse 47

2019 is a very significant year for INVENT GmbH.
“On a green field”, a new building is designed and completed entirely in accordance with the latest requirements.
During the course of this, our capabilities are substantially expanded through the procurement of a third autoclave, a paint shop unit and a large 5-axis milling machine.

2018

Production of instrument structures for JUICE

The JUICE mission is one of ESA’s largest research missions: The probe will investigate the moons of Jupiter.

INVENT is supplying an 11-metre-long, three-armed outrigger for the high-precision magnetometer JMAG. Furthermore, four additional approximately 3-metre-long outriggers are being produced for a plasma-wave experiment. These CFRP structures must be able to withstand the extreme temperature and radiation conditions of the outer solar system.

For the calibration of the magnetometer, JUICE requires two precise induction coils with an edge length of approximately 2×3 metres. For this purpose, INVENT developed suitable CFRP support structures which are capable of compensating for the enormous thermal expansion of the copper windings.
This system, known as JACS, has been delivered to the customer, together with the induction coils, in 2018 and is scheduled to take off for Jupiter in 2022.

2017

Production of the antenna structure for Euclid

Euclid is a space telescope planned for ESA, within the framework of the Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme, for research into so-called dark energy and matter.

The space telescope is scheduled to begin its journey in 2022 with a Soyuz rocket from Kourou and to reach its destination, the second Lagrange point (L2 for short) in the Earth-Sun system, after around 30 days.
INVENT GmbH is developing and manufacturing the antenna in collaboration with HPS GmbH from Munich.

2016

Production of the antenna structure H2KAR

Heinrich Hertz (also H2Sat) is the name of a planned German communications satellite, financed by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) and built by OHB Systems.
INVENT GmbH is developing and manufacturing the antenna in collaboration with HPS GmbH from Munich.

2015

Production of diverse tertiary structures for MTG

MTG (Meteosat Third Generation) are weather satellites of the third generation.
INVENT GmbH is responsible for the production of tertiary structures. Metallic structures are milled and coated.
Subsequently, the components are bonded with one another and/or assembled.

2014

Production of the structure for the Sentinel-4 instrument

The Sentinel-4 mission is dedicated to observing the composition of the atmosphere.
The Sentinel-4 instruments are to fly on the geostationary Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) satellites.

2012

Production of the ExoMars Orbiter

The entire value chain of INVENT GmbH is reflected in the Exomars project. Composite manufacturing, bonding, machining, integration and ultrasonic testing are integral elements of the project.

The satellite structure is still orbiting Mars today.
For INVENT GmbH, this project is groundbreaking. Numerous projects of this calibre are subsequently acquired.

2010 | 2011

Extension of the building at Christian-Pommer-Straße 34 with Hall 3

A large expansion, both in the manufacturing area and in engineering, necessitates a substantial extension of our premises.

2007

Start of series production for the A320 and A330

Within the framework of series production, INVENT GmbH is a direct supplier to Airbus.
In addition to the vertical stabiliser fairing and the CFRP rib, shim plates and other small parts are also produced.

2006

Extension of the building at Christian-Pommer-Straße 34 with Hall 2

The building is extended by an area of 800m² in order to be able to carry out series production for Airbus in a clean room.

2005

Start of series production for the A380

For the A380, CFRP profiles are produced, which are used to stiffen the vertical stabiliser.

2004

Development of a ski set for the NH90

The development is carried out in collaboration with the company today known as Fokker.

2003

Delivery of a CFRP bridge to the Wehrtechnische Dienststelle der Bundeswehr (Technical Centre of the German Armed Forces)

Development and testing of the CFRP bridge to NATO standard is conducted with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann for the German Armed Forces.

2002

Relocation to premises at Christian-Pommer-Straße 34

On 01.02.2002, the company moves to Christian-Pommer-Straße 34.
With its own plant and facilities, INVENT GmbH becomes less dependent on third parties and can act more autonomously.

2001

Development and production of a landing-gear door for the Do728

Development and production of a nose-gear door for the Do728 aircraft.

2000

Foundation of HPS GmbH

HPS GmbH is founded in May 2000 on an equal basis with Kayser-Threde GmbH.
This represents a groundbreaking step for INVENT GmbH in gaining a foothold in the aerospace industry.
Today, HPS GmbH is based in Munich and employs 70 people.

1998

Flagship project Adaptronik

Within the framework of the flagship project Adaptronik, patch actuators are developed, which are still being manufactured today by INVENT GmbH.

1997

Engine cowling for Do328 Jet

Design of the first series components for engine cowlings for the Do328 Jet.

2020

Contribution to the Copernicus programme

Within the framework of the ESA call for tenders for the new Copernicus programme, INVENT GmbH is selected as a supplier for 4 of the 6 satellites.

For the satellites CHIME (Copernicus Hyperspectral Imaging Mission), CIMR (Copernicus Imaging Microwave Radiometer), ROSE-L (Radar Observation System for Europe in L-band) and CO2M (Copernicus Anthropogenic Carbon Dioxide Monitoring), the elements developed include rotational structures using winding-method technology, and sandwich panels made from CFRP or aluminium by means of the autoclave process.